Hockey Topples Northeastern, 6-3, For First Road Win
Dec. 1, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. - Taking 46 shots en route to its highest scoring output of the season, the UMass hockey team used three third period goals to help the squad earn its first road victory of the year, 6-3 at Northeastern on Saturday evening. With the win, the Minutemen improve to 5-6-2 overall, 4-6-1 in Hockey East, while the Huskies fall to 5-8-1 on the year, 3-7-1 in conference play.
Led by freshman K.J. Tiefenwerth's goal and two assists and junior Branden Gracel's three helpers, five UMass players had multi-point efforts against Northeastern. Joining Tiefenwerth and Gracel, senior co-captain Rocco Carzo chipped in with two goals, junior Joel Hanley logged a goal and an assist and redshirt-sophomore Steven Guzzo added a pair of helpers.
Carzo's tallies, which were his team-leading sixth and seventh of the season, contributed to a career single-season high and marked his second career multi-goal game and second of the year. Tiefenwerth, who registered his first three collegiate points, was one of four players who added their names to the scoresheet for the first time this season.
Taking advantage of the first power play of the night, Northeastern opened up with a 1-0 lead 6:06 into the first. Ludwig Karlsson found Braden Primm who sent a feed to Kevin Roy at the opposite faceoff circle for a shot into the top left corner of the net.
Just over 11 minutes later UMass came through with the equalizer. Winning a draw to the left of the Huskies' goal, Guzzo found Carzo in the slot for a back-handed tip-in at the 15:07 mark.
Then with the period winding down, the Minutemen pulled in front, 2-1, courtesy of another offensive zone faceoff win. Gracel drew the puck back to Hanley at the right point who sent it down to Tiefenwerth in front for the score 19:40 into the stanza.
However, Northeastern would answer midway through the second to level the score at 2-2. Vinny Saponari and Mike McMurtry set up Roy at the doorstep for his second of the night at 11:35.
UMass countered shortly after as Guzzo redirected redshirt-junior Anthony Raiola's shot from the blue line over to Carzo for his second tally of the evening 13:58 into the period to give the Minutemen a 3-2 advantage heading into the final frame.
With two goals in the first seven minutes of the third, the Minutemen broke the game open. Junior Patrick Kiley poked a puck away from a Husky player who was attempting to clear their zone and found junior Adam Phillips alone in front at 5:28.
UMass increased its advantage to 5-2 just 1:26 later. Gracel sent a pass to Tiefenwerth on the right wing who fed Hanley streaking down the middle towards the net for his second tally of the year.
Robbie Vrolyk brought Northeastern back to within two before junior Michael Pereira tacked on an empty net goal from Gracel and Tiefenwerth to wrap up the scoring at 17:41.
UMass won 37-of-71 faceoffs and out-shot the Huskies, 46-35. Netminder Kevin Boyle made 32 saves to tie his season high and collected his fifth win of the 2012-13 campaign. Chris Rawlings totaled 40 stops for Northeastern.
The Minutemen will return to action with a pair of non-conference games against Colgate at the Mullins Center next Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. Both are set for 7 p.m. starts.